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From Idina Menzel To The Duke Boys, Surveying 2014's Would-Be Holiday Hitmakers

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 1:03am

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson highlights an eclectic cross-section of 2014's holiday-music offerings.

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Housing Below Beijing, The Making Of Purple Rain, And 'A Love Supreme'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 7:05pm

In this week's podcast of Weekends on All Things Considered, why people are living below Beijing, plus a look inside the movie that made Prince a star and John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme.'

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6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel's 'Cave Of The Skulls'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:34pm

Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men, who are accused of stealing objects from the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 5:35pm

Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of my Life.

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'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:56pm

In China's capital city, even the humblest apartment can cost a fortune. But more affordable housing hides below the city's bustling streets, in tiny (and illegal) basements and bomb shelters.

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Why Does The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

Top-division college football announced the teams in its first-ever playoff: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State. But the next division down, has had a playoff since the 1970s — with 24 teams.

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50 Years Of Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

Fifty years ago this week, John Coltrane and his band stepped into the studio to lay down the tracks on what would become his most important statement: "A Love Supreme." NPR's Arun Rath takes a look back at the album.

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Mary Landrieu Loses Senate Seat In La. Runoff

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

Democrat Mary Landrieu was the lone Democrat from the deep south in the Senate. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Emory University professor Andra Gillespie about the changing political landscape of the South.

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Hundreds Of Homicides By Police Go Uncounted In FBI Statistics

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Barry, hundreds of justifiable homicides by police have gone uncounted in national statistics maintained by the FBI. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Barry about his report.

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U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The Defense Department announced Sunday that six men being held at Guantanamo Bay prison have been transferred to Uruguay. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Charlie Savage of the New York Times.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Pastor: The Way Forward In Ferguson Is Talk And Prayer

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 3:54pm

One way to bring black and white residents together, says Pastor Daryl Meese, is to break bread and actually talk to one another. So he started a weekly potluck at his Ferguson church.

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